Did you know that up to 60% of patients with symptoms of IBS such as gas, wind, flatulence may have Small Intestinal Bacterial overgrowth?
What is SIBO?
According to the World journal of Gastroenterology, SIBO is defined “as an increase in the number and/or alteration in the type of bacteria in the upper gastrointestinal tract”
This refers to a condition in which there are extremely large amounts of bacteria present in the small intestine (at least 100,000 bacteria per ml of fluid). Unfortunately, large amounts of bacteria should not be present in the small intestine. In fact, in a healthy individual, the body will try and remove large concentrations of bacteria from the small intestine using a migrating motor complex, called MMC to sweep out the bacteria
Simply put this is a condition whereby large quantities of bacteria, may cause a range of symptoms including gas, bloating diarrhea and constipation.